Drink Your Flowers? Rosewater Lemonade

Drink your Flowers? Rosewater Lemonade

For my Valentine’s Day Cocktail Concoction I decided it might be fun to do a cocktail where you drink your flowers, so I am creating a Rosewater Lemonade Spritzer. 


I have recently been drawn to revisit the idea of edible flowers and floral extracts to integrating into recipes for special occasions. As a small child I loved to drink Lebanese Rosewater, and that is flavor that I still enjoy to this day. It is a unique flavor and really taste exactly the same way a rose smells only it has been sweetened to taken away the bitter quality. Imagine it, the mid 80’s in Atlanta, GA. My family, which aired a bit more on the progressive side, would journey regularly downtown Atlanta to the most amazing little Lebanese Restaurant called Nicola’s.

The owner Nic, a dear friend, would endlessly ply me with one of my favorite drinks on the planet to this day, rosewater. As he would deliver me the beautiful red goblets of sweet rosewater, he would say “A rose for my little rose” which as a small child would tickle me with great delight. I used to frequent Nicola’s restaurant until it closed, and today I still have a glass Rosewater, because nobody made them quite like Nic.Today I have decided to share a spin off recipe of the rosewater in the form of a rosewater lemonade cocktail. Keep in mind there are several ways to make your own rose syrup. You can purchase hydroponic food grade roses, which are grown only in water, no dirt, and are never sprayed with any type of pesticides. This type of rose petal can then be boiled and reduced down into a rose water extract. I actually did not go down this route, for sake of time. I was simply able to purchase this lovely Nielsen Massey Rose Water Extract from my local gourmet food store.   
Now as I mentioned above you can get food grade edible flowers, Gourmet Sweet Botanical offers some great ones. I have added them to water in a large block ice cube tray to create a stunning visual appeal. Let these set up over night for a show stopping addition to your cocktail. 

  • DESIGN TIP: You can do this process with lots of things besides flowers, to create pretty ice cubes. Perfect for bridal and baby showers. You can also try  this with  strawberries for a festive Margarita on the rocks, frozen lime slices for a retro Cuba Libre, or grapes for that perfect Sangria.

If you are not very skilled in bar tending, or find yourself short on time, you can actually purchase ready made Rosewater Lemonade at your local grocery store. I do find that if you use the ready made mixers you may still wish to add splash more rose extract and lemon juice to give a fresh vibe.

Rosewater Lemonade

Grocery List: 

  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice, fresh
  • 3/4 cup Sparkling water  (plain or even La Croix Lemon is a great option)
  • 1  1/2 oz Vodka (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Rose Water Extract
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • Splash of Grenadine (for color)
  • Add a fun Ice Cube
For a single drink, mix all items into a shakers with chipped ice. Shake for 30 seconds and decant into a glass of your choice.
BULK: This recipe lends itself to be made into large dispenser based cocktails as well. Perfect for a shower or ladies luncheon.  Just pile in a few floral ice cubes into the base of dispenser and multi the recipe to fit your dispenser size. Mixing- I recommend that you dissolve the honey into the lemon juice first then mix with the rest of the ingredients. 

Be sure to check out Part 2 of my Valentine Cocktail Concoction, featuring for him a Lavender Sazerac.

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  1. This is a wonderful and fun idea!

  2. Jennifer

    Thank you for stopping by Nikki. I love flowers so much they just get integrated into everything I do.

  3. Margie Jo

    I have never seen this idea before very unique. I can’t wait to read more of your posts.

  4. cours de theatre paris

    Very informative blog post. Thanks Again. Fantastic.

  5. Addison Wheeler

    Thanks I have a ton of lemonade and need to spice it up some. Never thought of Rose water.

  6. Sharvina

    Your post is valueble for me. I would like to try this drink soon. Thanks!

  7. Katie Moore

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  8. yellow posties

    I have never encountered Rosewater Lemonade, but it sounds very good. I like bloggers that do interesting things not just the same old stuff. Thanks for the variety.

  9. Wanda Floyd

    Rosewater Lemonade even before you add in the alcohol sounds really interesting, I like the idea of edible flowers, that is cool.

  10. 42 herber

    You actually surpassed our expectations. I appreciate you for coming up with the warm and friendly, trusted, family recipes.

  11. kelli booth

    My fiancee and I were very satisfied when we tried this cocktail, it is more of a summer time drink in my opinion but I am not sure when you originally posted it, it could be a signature drink at the wedding.

  12. Yanitza

    That’s not just the best answer. It’s the bestest answer!

  13. kyrie irving

    This is a fun little post with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, so glad I saw it in your holiday tab. I guess this is probably from last year but It is still super cute to do a flower theme.

  14. Tina

    Youre so cool! Those ice cubes are some of the sweetest things I have seen in awhile.

  15. April Helmsworth

    When I originally commented I had no idea that you had so many insightful posts. Great work and love those ice cubes!

  16. the cheap jordan’s

    You actually exceeded my desires with this post. It is perfect for Valentines Day and thank you for showing us all those valuable, and educational tips as well as fun guidance on edible flowers.

  17. Ashley Meaurs

    Your site has a lot of great ideas that can also be used for a wedding. Not only did I read your flower post, but now I am on the search for some signature cocktail ideas. I think more brides should really know about this site. Added to FeedBurner as well under bridal planning

  18. Home at Mimi’s

    How sweet would this be for a Valentine’s day dance, or Sadie Hawkins as it is here. I pam pinning this idea.

  19. The Wooly Farmhouse

    It really is so beneficial for me to look here as it is jam-packed with a lot of fun for me personally, and to help with my sister in-law to be’s bridal shower. Not to mention, I am also certainly satisfied for the fabulous party methods served up by you along the way.

  20. Georgia Gal

    I would like to express some thanks to you for posting such tasty drink idea, I will have to pin this for warmer days.

  21. Becky Black

    I wanted to send you a quick message to appreciate your Great ideas for Valentines Days. I love the rose cubes those are awesome.
    Thank you for all of the superb information you are sharing on this site.

  22. Heather

    Thank you for all the helpful hints we really like your style a lot.

  23. Addie Mae Says

    Those ice cubes are really something unique for Valentine’s and super easy. Plus it is not just more sugar on the scene. Thank you for all your effort on this web site.

  24. Terry Haide

    My passion for cooking and entertaining is growing under your guidance. The kindness you show that absolutely supports this one theme. Love all of you great ideas and tips to creating a fun party.

  25. My Sunnies

    This sound super tasty and I love that it is based on rosewater, a very fun idea for Valentine’s Day. Thanks for the inspo.

  26. Alexia

    “I think this is a real great article. Thanks Again. Your site is very cool.”

  27. Skye

    Great idea to dress up you basic lemonade, you should repost this into a summer post or a bridal shower post. It is too good to be hidden in Valentine’s Day, lol.

  28. Mikeala Cortez

    I think this sound so refreshing for the hot summer months and a nice twist on the same old same old lemonade. Great post.

  29. Lynn Robertson

    I saw this post on Pinterest and linked over to check out Rosewater Lemonade for a Baby shower I am hosting, the little girls name is Rose’ so you know the theme. Got any other good ideas?

  30. Lynn you should check out a few of my Pinterest boards for baby showers: JEN @JENRON-DESIGNS https://www.pinterest.com/jennygirlgainer/pins/
    The most obvious ones I can think of are:
    *Create her name in roses as wall art
    *Use rose petal to create raindrop from a umbrella motif for the shower
    *freeze Edible Rose Petals into ice ring or cubes
    *Guest Favors-small rose plants (tagged w/watch Rose grow)
    *Rose iced cookies/cupcakes (shaped like a bouquet of roses)

  31. Pamela Bennett

    Why am I just seeing this? I need to add you to my rss feed I am not sure why you are not on there, I have missed so much.

  32. Kay Lasoon

    This is a tasty idea for making that glass of lemonade stand out in a crowd.

  33. Pamela Bennett

    I love these ice cubes and they are and the idea of flowers in drinks. It is just so girly, perfect for a bridal shower!

  34. Kit Tidewater

    Ummmm rosewater lemonade sounds like a winner to me, I think it would shakes things up a bit for the spring/summer

  35. cathy stoia

    This is a pretty idea for ice cubes what happens when they melt are the rose petals safe to be in your drink?

  36. Yes roses are edible as long as you have purchase a food grade quality rose free from pesticides you should be fine.

  37. Farmhouse Fixer Upper

    Loving the idea of adding the rose petals in the ice cubes! That just says romance. I will have to check Whole Foods for the edible rose petals. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  38. Olivia

    What a fun idea for a drink, I’m not much of a bartender but I should definitely give this a try!

  39. Windy

    Rosewater lemonade sounds real good. I would love a cocktail right now.

  40. Oh, this looks yummy…I pinned it. Your ice cubes are beautiful too!

  41. This is so timely! I was out at a brewery yesterday for a meeting! There was a sour with rose hips and a friend asked to sample. The bartender was concerned that the rose hips were going to be too strong for her. She laughed and said “I could eat flowers all day! I am not worried about the rose hips, I’m worried about the sour.” HA!

  42. Henrietta

    A unique idea for a drink, and the flowers look great!

  43. 5 stars
    Such a fun drink idea, I need to make it for my friends

  44. 5 stars
    What a fun drink! This would be great to serve at a garden-themed wedding or baby showers this Spring.

  45. Bellab

    5 stars
    oh my gosh yum!! Rosewater lemonad gimme gimme please so good! i need to make this

  46. 5 stars
    Interesting! This is a fun cocktail to share with my girls this valentines.

  47. Tisha

    5 stars
    This sounds divine!! I love rosewater and with lemonade

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